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Calf Exercise: Seated Calf Raise

There are two main muscles that form part of you calves: the gastrocnemius and the soleus muscle. Standing calf exercises such as the standing calf raise, donkey calf raise and one legged raises all target the gastrocnemius muscle, while bending the knee as you do in the seated calf raise targets the soleus muscle. To achieve maximum results for your calves, try to incorporate one of each (standing and sitting) calf exercise in your routine.

To perform this move:

  • Sit at the calf raise machine and set the desired weight load.
  • Place your toes up onto the step plate and position your knees under padding.
  • Relax the ankles.
  • As you inhale extend the feet and point the toes so that the knee pad moves upwards.
  • Make sure you keep your back straight and do not "swing".
  • As you exhale, return to the starting position and repeat.


Great calves make great legs!

Author: Dimi Ingle.
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